Da’Rick (pronounced DAY-rick) set a Georgia state high school record for receiving yards (1,641) as a senior, but decided to head for Tennessee instead of staying with the home-state Bulldogs –- even after head coach Lane Kiffin left the program for USC. Rogers’ career in Knoxville got off to a rocky start, as he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside a bar in July, before his true freshman season even began. New head coach Derek Dooley still got Rogers on the field right away, though he actually had more rushing attempts (16 for 117 yards) and kickoff returns (12 for 298 yards) than receptions (11 for 167 yards and two scores) on the season.
His receiving numbers greatly improved as a sophomore, and his 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns on 67 catches landed him on the coaches’ All-SEC second team. His importance to the Volunteers’ success (especially after fellow second-year receiver Justin Hunter went down with a torn ACL) was evident; the team was 5-1 in games where he eclipsed 100 yards, and 0-6 when he did not. Rogers’ immaturity showed this spring, as he tweeted about transferring when sitting out a practice to take care of "internal issues," according to Dooley, before returning the next day. Eventually, the team decided to dismiss him before the 2012 season, so he transferred to FCS school Tennessee Tech instead of sitting out a season to stay on the major college level. Unsurprisingly, Rodgers dominated at Tennessee Tech as he reeled in 78 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Physical specimen with power and strength. Works very well over the middle, and is extremely difficult to bring down after the catch. Gets off the line well for a player of his size. Shows flexibility in adjusting to the football, making difficult catches, and getting out of his routes. Uses his body to shield defenders from making a play on the football. Smooth, with good body control when going up for the football. Strong hands allow him to grab low and wide passes adeptly. Physical run blocker when engaged, will sustain through the play.
Off-field maturity and on-field effort have been issues. Stops his route at times if not the primary target. Body language on the field can be defeating. Lacks great explosiveness to run by corners, no extra gear. Will struggle to track the football at times. Not a very instinctual receiver, doesn't always run the routes he should, doesn't fight to get open when the play breaks down.
Rogers is a physical specimen with strong hands who overpowered defenders in his routes and after the catch on his way to second-team All-SEC status in 2011 (67 catches, 1,040 yards, nine TDs), and to a dominating season (78 catches for 1,207 yards and 11 TDs) while at Tennessee Tech. His immaturity off the field caused him to be dismissed from Tennessee before the 2012 season, and thus the biggest questions with Rogers will be about character concerns. While he's not a quick-twitch, vertical threat, Rogers is a big, physical receiver who works well across the middle, and has a tremendous deal of talent.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.